Allison Tolman is a Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress who successfully avoided actually making a living in the field until she was in her early thirties. Before then, Tolman played a veterinary receptionist, personal assistant, children's theatre teacher, vocal coach, phone-sales associate, client services representative, and dog walker – never on film, but in her actual life in order to pay her rent. However, in the fall of 2013 she landed a seminal role in FX's Fargo and quit her last day job. Her performance as Molly Solverson put her on the map and garnered her a Critic's Choice Award.
Born in Sugarland, Texas, Allison earned a BFA in theatrical performance from Baylor University. After graduation, she moved to Dallas where she helped found and foster the independent ensemble-based non-profit Second Thought Theatre, while also learning that being an adult is super hard. In 2009, she relocated to Chicago and was accepted into Second City's Conservatory Training Program. She went on to write and perform comedy in some of Chicago's finest dive bars before relocating to California in 2014. Other notable roles include Rochelle in Mad Dogs, Lucy in The Gift, and Nan in Downward Dog, and Seemingly Normal Woman that time she met Katey Sagal at a party.
Tolman currently lives in Hollywood with her cat Annie, who enjoys lying on wrapping paper and being underfoot.